That Smug Feeling

There are some things in life that are incredibly satisfying, like getting a question right when watching ‘Mastermind’,  calculating the change correctly from a ten pound note or other equally intellectual tasks… like opening a jam jar.

I know it sounds minor but I’m sure you have been through the ritual jam jar dance many times yourself.  It always starts the same with the optimistic basic attempt to just twist the lid and open it.  And then the mock surprise that it didn’t happen.

This is followed by holding the jar and lid as tight as you can and making guttural grunting noises.  Perhaps at this point you pull the jar towards your chest, bend slightly and then start doing a bit of a spinning motion across the floor from the effort.

Next comes optional methods, depending on what you think has worked for you in the past.

Perhaps you are an ‘elastic band carefully positioned around the lid for added grip’ kind of person. How long does it take to position it just right? Really?? (It’s my method!)

Or maybe at this point you simply swap hands as you know your left is really the strongest after all.  By now you will be adding the alternating jumper hand swipe as your palms are getting sweaty. 

Another optional method is to hit all around the lid with a knife to slightly buckle the it and break the air seal… (husband’s chosen method)

Or maybe you put the closed jar under a cold or hot tap in the hope that the temperature difference will loosen the seal. (Was a favorite for me once upon a distant time)

And finally there’s the ‘Oh stuff it,  I didn’t want jam anyway’ followed by replacing of the jar in the back of the cupboard for someone else to open another day.

This morning, I started with the optimistic ‘just open it method’ and there was that satisfying and wonderful pop as the air seal was broken and,  magically,  the lid turned.  No ritual dance required.  Nothing. Oh didn’t I feel smug.

Other things that can cause such (well deserved I might add) smugness are sewing a perfect point.  Today I have started the ‘search for a perfect point’ series by discussing fabric preparation. You will find it when you click HERE

Meanwhile, I’m off to enjoy some jam on toast. Actually, after all that effort I think I’ll settle for a bowl of cereal. New box? Tightly sealed inner packaging? No Problem. Urm. Err.

Bye for now





  1. You actually make it appear so easy along with your presentation but I in finding this topic to be actually one thing that I believe I might by no means understand. It seems too complex and extremely vast for me. I’m having a look ahead on your subsequent put up, I will try to get the hold of it!


    1. Hi Alex.
      Thank you for your comment. I also found this perfect point thing very hard. So much in fact that I never finished writing the next part!
      I will soon be moving this blog to a new site. I will try and make this perfect point post a bit easier to follow and read.
      I think the main thing is to enjoy the sewing and know that whatever it looks like, it will be loved by your family and friends.
      Happy sewing


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